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FBI Agents Ready to Be Deployed to Nigeria to Help Find 276 Teenage Girls Abducted from Nigerian School

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If help is requested, FBI agents may be deployed to Nigeria to help search for 276 teenage girls abducted from a school, ABC News reports. The news comes after the leader of Boko Haram, an African Islamist group, pledged to sell the girls as slaves.

“God has commanded me to sell them,” the leader, Abubakar Shekau, said.

Critics of the group derided Shekau as an attention-seeker with a “rowdy, unemployed, African youth who are looking for a target for their grievances and they’re lashing out at anyone available.”

The girls, ages 16 to 18, who were studying for final exams, were kidnapped at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria on April 15.

“Last week, the attorney general told U.S. intelligence agencies to prepare a report for him on the kidnapping of the 300 girls in Nigeria and also requested an assessment of Boko Haram, the militant group behind the kidnapping,” a government official told ABC News.

The U.S. is waiting to hear back on the need for U.S. help.

Russia Warned FBI About Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect in March 2011, But Agency Found Nothing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about one of the would-be Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Reuters reports.

A congressional report to be released as early as this week is expected to show that Russian intelligence alerted the FBI to concerns in March 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Chechen brothers accused of carrying out the marathon attacks. The FBI was warned that Tsarnaev was known to associate with militant Islamists.

The FBI responded by opening an investigation with a joint task force of local, state and federal authorities. Tsarnaev was even interviewed in person, Reuters wrote.

But in June 2011, the FBI concluded the probe, saying there was no link between Tsarnaev and terrorism.